Quit smoking: Interesting facts about smoking
Smoking addiction is a tale that every smoker will share with you, it may have started due to stress or peer pressure but quitting is an uphill task. They have tried but failed; the urge for a puff is over powering for meek souls. But we believe that nothing is impossible, hence we blow off the smoke on some interesting facts about smoking to help you kick the habit today.
Can't stop smoking, here's why...
For smokers, puffing on a cigarette is a habit. It is as hard as giving up as television or Facebook, or harder. To quit smoking it is important to understand that smoking is a form of self medication to relieve psychological problems of stress, boredom or popularity. For some it is a statement to define masculinity and cool quotient, while for others it's just an old habit that they're addicted to. But every smoker knows, there will be a day they will have to give up smoking.
In order to fight the urge to smoke, studies suggest that one must replace the triggers and solutions with other habits. For instance, every time you feel the urge to smoke, replace the trigger response with drinking a cup of strong tea. Sensory excitement seems to help fight the butt.
Smoking is a heartbreaker
Smoking can break your heart, not emotionally but physiologically. Did you know that smoking not only affects your lungs but also your heart and blood vessels. By reducing risk factors like smoking, 80% of premature deaths due to cardio vascular problems can be avoided. Besides this, smoking lowers good cholesterol, reduces oxygen levels, speeds up heart rate and creates blockages. The by-product of smoking - carbon monoxide - is linked to heart attack, angina and stroke.
Asthma and smoking
People gasp when asthmatics smoke and all for the right reasons. Our Pulmonologist with Moolchand Medcity at New Delhi, Dr.S.K. Jain explains this deadly mixture, "Asthmatic patient who smoke often suffer from cough, wheezing and shortness of breath due to thickness of epithelium or irritation of the airways, causing them to swell up, narrow the passage that is filled with sticky mucus making asthma attacks more frequent compared to non-smoking asthma patients." The scary truth for asthmatic smokers!
How stress makes you smoke
An interesting fact from Dr. Munish Kr. Sachdeva, Liver & Endoscopist Specialist at Ganga Ram Hospital, '80% people smoke in company, remaining 20% have many other reasons to smoke alone.' This explains why office goers and working professional take several smoke breaks. Most smokers will coyly agree that if they have company they will smoke. Or you just need a break from everyone and your work.
Stars to help you quit smoking
In an interesting turn of events, actors will encourage smokers to put out the cigarette for life. The warning will be read out before the film begins and immediately after the interval. It will be interesting to see which actors will actually promote this cause.
Teens pick up smoking due to movies
Directors believe art imitates life, but in this study, life imitates art. In a study conducted in the US, 'Youth who watch a lot of movies with cigarette-smoking characters, no matter what the film's rating is, are more likely to start smoking themselves.' The common excuse for the youth is that smoking is cool.
No smoking in paradise
Goa is all about leaving your troubles behind and having a good time. And for smokers, puffing on the beach is a great way to relax. But the government plans to ban this recreational activity on the beach. "We are planning a law which will include beaches in the list of public places where smoking will be banned," said Deputy Director of tourism department, Pamela Mascarenhas.